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Observation Date: 
02/22/2018
Observer Name: 
St Jeor
Region: 
Uintas
Location Name or Route: 
Currant Creek
Weather
Sky: 
Obscured
Precipitation: 
Light Snowfall
Wind Direction: 
Northwest
Wind Speed: 
Moderate
Weather Comments: 
Very cold. Storm was starting to roll in. Poor visibility. Wind and PI rates were increasing as we left.
Snow Characteristics
New Snow Depth: 
12"
New Snow Density: 
Low
Snow Surface Conditions: 
Powder
Snow Characteristics Comments: 

The storm snow has settled out to 12" of really light density snow. Riding Conditions are pretty good, but many places remain very shallow. 

Red Flags
Red Flags: 
Recent Avalanches
Wind Loading
Poor Snowpack Structure
Red Flags Comments: 
We came accross a few recent avalanches in the area. One looked to be a natural from a few days ago, another looked to be triggered by a sled today.
Avalanche Problem #1
Type: 
Wind Slab
Trend: 
Increasing Danger
Problem #1 Comments: 

The avalanches we saw today were all in an area that sees a lot of wind loading.

Avalanche Problem #2
Type: 
Persistent Slab
Trend: 
Increasing Danger
Problem #2 Comments: 

With more weight added to the snow pack, I think this problem could come back to life.

Snow Profile
Aspect: 
North
Elevation: 
10000
Slope Angle: 
25

None of our tests had significant results, however the structure is very poor in this area. Things seem comfortable in their skin at the moment mostly because there's not much of a slab in the upper part of the pack. Add some wind or water weight to the mix and we will have problems.

 

This slide appeared to be sled triggered from low on the slope. It looked to start at the new snow/ old snow interface and then stepped down to the ground.

This looked like a natural from a day or two ago.

Today's Observed Danger Rating: 
Moderate
Tomorrows Estimated Danger Rating: 
Moderate
Snow Profile Coordinates: 
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